Aztec Union hosted a mini-concert and Q&A with R&B, neo-soul musician UMI through Zoom on March 11.
The informal music efficiency and hang around with the 22-year-old artist offered a much-needed stress reliever for San Diego State college students getting into midterm seasons.
UMI’s setlist included acoustic performances of her unique songs “Butterfly”, “Sukidakara”, “Introspection” and a canopy of “Put Your Data On” by Corinne Bailey Rae.
She and her guitarist Mia Garcia additionally took an impromptu tune request and ended up singing her well-known single “Love Affair.”
The Seattle-born artist talked about future collaborations she’s manifesting, how she stays optimistic and grounded, the inspiration behind her songs, and he or she even requested one pupil for recommendation on a date she was about to go on after the occasion.
UMI kicked off the occasion by having each pupil take a handful of conscious, deep breaths whereas she circled a sound bowl with a mini mallet.
Sound bowls are bowls used to advertise rest, in keeping with Healthline. They produce sounds and vibrations when hit or circled with a mallet which goals to assist one calm down.
“As an artist, you’ve been given a platform and I need to use my platform to assist carry therapeutic and peace to individuals,” UMI mentioned through the Q&A. “I remind myself that nothing in life is going on to me, it’s taking place for me and I attempt to discover the lesson and reward in all the pieces.”
UMI additionally talked about how she needs to collaborate with H.E.R., Sza, Jhene Aiko, Frank Ocean, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, FKA Twigs, Jorja Smith and Miguel.
She mentioned she’s manifesting releasing her album, successful a Grammy and attending to carry out dwell once more at live shows or on tour.
Worldwide enterprise third yr Carmelina Herrera requested UMI the primary pupil query. Herrera is a big fan and was excited to indicate off her tattoo of the duvet artwork of UMI’s tune “Introspection.”
“Can I take an image?” Umi requested Herrera after seeing the tattoo. “That’s loopy, no one’s ever gotten a tattoo of me earlier than!”
Sociology third yr Rose Ty requested UMI for recommendation or phrases of affirmation earlier than Ty’s date after the occasion.
The musician informed Ty she additionally coincidentally had a date after the occasion too after which reminded Ty to not be afraid to ask in-depth questions and really get to know the opposite individual on their date.
“Take your time asking these foundational questions,” UMI mentioned. “So, you possibly can actually see if this individual is price your time or price your vitality, or if it is a signal that one thing higher is coming.”
UMI then requested Ty for ideas for her date as properly.
“Truthfully, I like you so simply be your self,” Ty mentioned. “If they will’t match that, then that’s their drawback.”
The informal and easy-flowing occasion got here to the right finish when the final pupil chosen to ask a query requested to sing a duet with UMI and Garcia.
Civil engineering third yr Josiah Imperial whipped out his ukelele and he, UMI and Garcia dove into a canopy of Justin Bieber’s “Love Your self.”
“I’ve all the time needed to do a duet with somebody and I’m glad I acquired to do a mini duet or trio with Umi and Mia,” Imperial mentioned.
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